Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's state premiers are considering legal pressure on employers to shoulder more responsibility for making working from home possible.
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Germans have started to feel worn-out by the coronavirus lockdown. Psychiatrists and psychologists have warned that a further extension could have severe long-term effects on society and mental health.
The chancellor reportedly told a closed-door meeting of conservative lawmakers that Germany is already in a "third wave," and warned against a hasty reopening.
Remote working will not remain standard for Goldman Sachs staff once the pandemic is over, the bank's CEO has said. With many companies saying the opposite, the future of office work could come down to a compromise.
Hairdressers, restaurants, small businesses are all mentioned in the debate about the end of lockdown in Germany. Hotels are at the bottom of the list — triggering fear among those whose livelihoods depend on them.
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